San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 5,786 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
Lowest review score: 0 Lies
Score distribution:
5,786 movie reviews
  1. Stays in the mind, changing the way we look at the world.
  2. All Black, all the time, and could easily have been an exhausting mess. But the movie is coherent, hilarious and surprisingly sweet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Artful, beautiful in parts and unbelievably brutal in others, and no less honest for its stagecraft.
  3. Anvil lives somewhere in that thoroughly entertaining gray area between self-parody and the triumph of human spirit.
  4. So it's two guys traveling, eating and talking. Doesn't sound like much. But it's terrific.
  5. A different kind of Harry Potter movie, a better kind... It's where this fantasy series has wanted to go all along.
  6. The first great Hitler movie.
  7. Original, truthful and moving.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A rage-inducing expose.
  8. Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar imbues his tale of academic maneuvering, misunderstanding and mystery with the zest of passion and the zing of intrigue, It's a vivacious film, having its little fun with suspense-flick conventions (including Amit Poznansky's bouncing score) that build to a climactic finish.
  9. What makes The White Ribbon a big movie, an important movie, is that Haneke's point extends beyond pre-Nazi Germany.
  10. Instantly captivating.
  11. Not a heist film, a thriller, a twisted romance, a film noir or a character study, but a unique concoction that bends all these genres to its vision.
  12. Lindon is a strong, sensitive actor, heir to the stoic French working-class tradition of Jean Gabin and Lino Ventura. And not enough can be said for Kiberlain, an actress willing to be seen in all her ranges.
  13. The movie is a total blast, and what a surprise.
  14. The Maid would have been worthwhile just as a showcase both for good acting and for the director's virtuosity. But the movie's ultimate virtue is its humanity.
  15. The picture gently caricatures the folk music scene with dozens of delicate brush strokes, creating a picture that's increasingly, gloriously funny -- as in entire lines of dialogue are lost because the audience's laughing so hard.
  16. It stands out as one of the best films of the genre, on the strength of the storytelling and wonderful performances.
  17. A confluence of perfection in every aspect of the film.
  18. Extraordinary and beautiful.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    All the requisite talking heads pop up - Dylan, Springsteen, Baez - but it is Seeger himself who towers over the landscape. The filmmakers treat this aged curmudgeon almost too reverently, but it is hard not to be awed by this gentle, resolute soul because of the ideas he steadfastly and faithfully represented.
  19. A great movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As touching and original a movie as you're likely to see this year.
  20. They talk and talk, and somehow it's delightful.
  21. A fine-boned, luminous tribute to Keats and the sufferings of love.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Martel's vision is so visually rich and complex it borders on the impressionistic, but The Headless Woman would be nowhere without the precise tour de force performance by Onetto.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Little Shop of Horrors is consistently amusing and churns with non-stop musical momentum, plus a few old-time Disney touches. This time, it's easy being green. [19 Dec 1986, p.79]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  22. The most consistently entertaining movie of 2012. It's 165 minutes long and shouldn't be a minute shorter, a film of surprises, both in story and in casting, and of moments of agonizing, teased-out tension. The dialogue is dazzling.
  23. The result is something rare, especially considering how fine the novel is, a film that's fuller and deeper than the book.
  24. This is the portrait of a marriage as full and enviable as the greatest unions in literature.

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